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  1. Since I got my first Boston pen as a gift (it’s still in my avatar, though the nib has been repaired since then) I’ve been fortunate enough to find several similar Dutch pens from the ‘40s and ‘50s. Nice celluloid and small, soft nibs are characteristic of these pens. Flex or semi-flex nibs are frequently found. Usually these pens are fantastic writers. There’s something about those nibs, small as they may be, that I just can’t find on modern pens. Today I found six more of these pens in an antiques store, all with 14k nibs, at €10 each. The Kaweco Sport on the left was added as a size indicator. From left to right: -a ca. 1955 Marvelette (obscure Dutch brand) in brown marble, with bent 14k F nib. Button filler. Sac disintegrated. Despite the bent nib it writes great! -a Boston in spectacular green marble, from late ‘40s or ‘50s, perhaps a copy of a pre-war Parker Lady pen. Lever filler. Sac disintegrated. 14k F nib. -a green pen labeled ‘Big Ben’ on the barrel as well as the 14k XXF nib. This is the narrowest Western nib I’ve ever used - it rocks. Piston filler. Mechanism broken. -a Nobel, my second one in this nice red trim with stripes. Button filler, sac intact! 14k EF nib. -a grey marble Boston piston filler with soft 14k F nib. The piston works as intended, no leaks. -an unknown black piston filler with a glorious 14k EF nib. The pen appears to have been dipped in toothpaste or something, there’s white stuff everywhere. The piston works as intended. I’ll post a quick writing sample and some pics of each of these in the following posts.

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